Wednesday, October 7, 2015

I'm co-hosting The Great Blog Train...we've visiting Naples, Italy!

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Please meet our Destination Co-host:
Suzy "Mimi" from "A Tray of Bliss"

This month we will be travelling to Naples, ITALY
Also, remember to visit the DINING CAR on one of the Engineer's blogs!

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Hello everyone!

I'm thrilled to be co-hosting The Great Blog Train this month!

Please join me as we tour ....

Destination: Naples, ITALY

We cruised to Naples this year. We live in sunny Queensland, Australia, so we know a good water view when we see one. We're surrounded by them. We all agreed that the view over the Bay of Naples is equal to any we've ever seen. Isn't it stunning?

Of course Naples is home to Mt Vesuvius, an active volcano. People live all around it's base, despite the constant threat of eruption because the volcanic soil is so rich and'd think Pompeii would have taught them a lesson or two, right?
Speaking of which, a visit to Pompeii was a heart stopping highlight. The images of the people caught in ash, forever entombed, were poignant, yet fascinating. There are several of these casts amongst the artefacts at Pompeii. They were created by pouring Plaster of Paris into the voids in the compacted ash, caused by the bodies trapped there, which of course reverted to dust over the ensuing 1,930 years. I learned at school as a child, that the people of Pompeii, did not have time to escape the eruption of Mt Vesuvius in AD79. Actually they did. But because there had been an earthquake 17 years before, that caused some rumbling, but no damage to life or property, they all assumed this was the same. By the time, they realised what was actually happening, the lava was upon them. We were completely absorbed by the ruins and the artefacts at Pompeii. A wonderful ancient history lesson for my 15 year old daughter!

Of course, Naples boasts a thriving seaside culture. Doesn't this beach with the rows of striped umbrellas, just conjure visions of Sophia Loren in an old 50s movie? Naples also oozes retro charm, and it's not hard to imagine Sophia leaning in a doorway, or Matt Damon and Jude Law as seen in The Talented Mr Ripley, lounging in the sun on a beach much like this one.

Famous opera singer Enrico Caruso was born in Naples, and often stayed in nearby Sorrento, at the Grand Hotel Excelsior Vittoria, where there remains a suite named after him. We enjoyed lunch at a nearby hotel, that wasn't quite so grand, but the food was superb all the same. There wasn't too much left of my hand crafted cannelloni filled with fresh ricotta and sundried tomato, as you can see!

The region is famous for olives and lemons, and look at the size of these! I have a dainty hand and these beauties make it look even tinier!
And Positano (be still my beating heart!), is just a hop, skip and a jump away, so a visit to this picturesque Cliffside village is an absolute must.


I hope you've enjoyed my little tour of Naples and it's gorgeous surrounds. Thanks for joining me! Love, Mimi xxx
Location:  Naples, Italy

Known For: Being the birthplace of Pizza!

Nickname:  The City of the Sun

Motto:  Eat and live! (well, that's mine for when I'm in Naples!)

Population:  960,079

Official "City" Website:

Festivals/Events: Many and varied!

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  1. What a wonderful visit to Naples, Mimi! I have visited Pompeii and Sorrento, but only driven through Naples at the start of a tour. Italy is such a vibrant country! Thank you for sharing/hosting your visit to Napoli xx Fiona

    1. It is a fabulous place isn't it Fiona. I'd go back in a heartbeat. It's right there with Paris in my heart now. Different but just as memorable! Love, Mimi xxx

  2. wow Wow WOW - What an amazing destination!! Your pictures are so beautiful and stunning! I wish I could taste those sun dried tomato filled cannelloni!
    Thank you so much for being such a fantastic destination cohost!

    1. I'm glad you enjoyed the tour Angie. Yep...those cannelloni were scrumptious! Love, Mimi xxx


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